28 March 2021

The man who came to change the world – Matthew 21:1-17

He comes as prophet, priest and king

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them’, and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,

‘Behold, your king is coming to you,

    humble, and mounted on a donkey,

    and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Question 1: How do you feel Jesus relates to you as a prophet?

Question 2: How do you feel Jesus relates to you as a priest?

Question 3: How do you feel Jesus relates to you as King?

He cleanses from all unrighteousness

12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’, but you make it a den of robbers.”

Question 4: Why does Jesus react so strongly to these people in the temple?

Question 5: How closely do you think we should identify ourselves with the money changers and bird traders?

Question 6: How might the issues seen here in the temple be seen in the modern-day church?

He brings healing and celebration

14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies

    you have prepared praise’?”

17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Question 7: Why does Jesus heal these people in v14?

Question 8: Does God heal today?

Question 9: What is the significance of the children praising God in v15-16?

Question 10: How does this passage impact on you personally?

A Prayer

Loving Lord, thank you that you sent your Son Jesus Christ, as my prophet, priest and king.  Cleanse me from all unrighteousness, and bring healing and celebration into my live, that I might praise your name and recognise Jesus as the man who came to change my world, for the sake of your Son my Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.